Oregon Coastal Blacktail

541hunter

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I was still hunting through timber and was able to stalk into 30 yards on this buck. Everything was going great till the shot broke and I twitched. The shot hit great elevation but was back. After finding my arrow covered in guts, I made the hard decision to pull out. Unfortunately it poured rain all night and when I got back at daylight there was no sign anywhere. Began to contour the area back and forth when I found him. It was a great to relief to find him and he had died. Got him packed out and the meat is just fine. My arrow had nicked the liver.



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orelkaddict

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Congrats on an awesome buck!!! and congrats on the happy ending! My wife got her first ever Blacktail this year. Any mature blacktail is a hard earned trophy in my book
 
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541hunter

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Thanks everyone. He went about 210 yards. This is the first time I have ever gut shot something and really struggled with the decision on what to do. Luckily the temps were in the 30’s with a high of maybe 42. Shot occurred at 11 and found him at 9am. All the meat was cool to the touch even around the bone. It has a gamey smell, but no sour or rotten like smell.


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BenFrank

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Nice buck! Still struggling to figure out the late archery season. Looks like still hunting the big timber was a good plan.
 
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